Updated Airbus A330 "NEO" Gets New Engines, Wings And Cabin

After months of speculation within the industry, Airbus officially announced a major update to its popular A330 long-haul jet today at the Farnborough air show. The A330neo will feature interior upgrades including all LED lighting, more efficient engines, and aerodynamic improvements. The new plane has already received an order from Aircraft Leasing Corporation, for 25 planes.


Airbus CEO Tom Enders said:

"The A330 is a very important margin contributor for our group. It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. With our decision to re-engine... we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come."

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A330neo cabin. Photo by Airbus.

Based in Toulouse, France, Airbus seized the opportunity to make this big announcement on Bastille Day. Here are some of the big upgrades, as detailed in Airbus' press release:

  • Will reduce fuel consumption by a further 14% per seat compared with today's A330, making them the most cost efficient, medium range widebody aircraft on the market.
  • Range capability increase of around 400 nautical miles while carrying more payload.
  • Incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines with a larger 112" diameter fan for a 10:1 bypass ratio, more seats and new cabin features.
  • Composite 'A350 XWB inspired' winglets and a wing span extension from 60.3m to 64m, will together confer increased lift and reduced drag.
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Every time I read one of these articles on a new model plane debuting, I'm immediately dragged back to reality by the fact that I live in the US, where every major airline seems to be 20 years behind the times regarding their fleet. For example, I'll probably be an old man before I ever set foot on an A380.